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Bitter Soil

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BITTER SOIL: Stories by Mahasweta Devi
Paperback, 150 pages
Published August 5th 1998 by South Asia Books
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T.R.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Have a slinking suspicion that there was quite a bit lost in translation here. Liked the last story 'Salt' most--not least for the wild elephants in it. Still, these are very angry stories: the kind that is written and meant to provoke one's 'social conscience'. Not sure if that works out well in literature: the anger and the angst should not come so emphatically into a writer's writing, I feel, but should emerge empathically from the reader's reading.
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Always a pleasure reading Mahasweta Devi.
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Mahasweta Devi was an Indian social activist and writer. She was born in 1926 in Dhaka, to literary parents in a Hindu Brahmin family. Her father Manish Ghatak was a well-known poet and novelist of the Kallol era, who used the pseudonym Jubanashwa. Mahasweta's mother Dharitri Devi was also a writer and a social worker.

She joined the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Vishvabharati University in
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